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Newswatch ... on last week in review

September 10, 1990

Gulf-crisis summit ends

President Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev ended a six-hour summit yesterday in Helsinki, Finland, after issuing a "loud and -- clear" condemnation of Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

Bush and Gorbachev released a joint statement criticizing the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, declaring, "No peaceful international order is possible if larger states can devour their smaller neighbors. We are determined to see this aggression end, and if the current steps fail to end it, we are prepared to consider additional ones consistent with the U.N. charter. We must demonstrate beyond any doubt that aggression cannot and will not pay."

Bush plans to address the nation tomorrow night.

*The United States on Friday began airlifting American women and children who had been in hiding in Iraqi-occupied Kuwait for more than a month. Some of the Americans landed yesterday in Charleston, S.C.

*The global effort against Iraq strengthened Friday with Kuwait's exiled leaders promising to help underwrite U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region after Saudi Arabia pledged help valued in the billions of dollars.

*On Thursday, President Bush characterized as "a real opportunity" Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's offer of air time to televise a message to the Iraqi people.

*In Jordan, tens of thousands of Asian refugees are even now in peril from the crisis, stranded in desert camps with little food or water and no good prospects for getting home.

*On Tuesday, U.S. forces took control of a freighter in the Gulf of Oman that was carrying Sri Lankan tea and apparently bound for Iraq in violation of the U.N. embargo.

Charged in two killings

A convicted rapist from Harford County was being held without bond in the Worcester County Detention Center in Snow Hill on charges that he killed two Marylanders during a weeklong crime spree that spanned two states. Baltimore County police on Thursday charged the man, John Frederick Thanos, 41, with first-degree murder in Monday's shooting death of 14-year-old Melody Pistorio at a Middle River gas station. Thanos, also charged with killing an Eastern Shore man, Gregory A. Taylor, 18, may be charged today with the murder of Pistorio's 16-year-old boyfriend, William W. Winebrenner, who died of a gunshot wound over the weekend.

7 seized in stabbing death

Eight young men were arrested in the stabbing death of a Utah man who was defending his mother from a gang robbery on a subway platform after the family had attended the U.S. Open tennis tournament, New York police said last week. The youths staged the robbery to pay for a night at Roseland Dance Hall, police said, and several of them were arrested there after the stabbing Sept. 3.

Korea compromise hinted

The first round of historic talks between senior officials of North Korea and South Korea ended Thursday on a relatively upbeat note, with each side hinting at compromise in two areas where bitter disagreements traditionally have soured relations -- U.N. membership and family exchanges.

Leak believed found

Space agency officials believe they have found the source of a troubling hydrogen leak in the shuttle Columbia and now hope for a last-chance launch early next week. The launch of Columbia, with its Astro 1 payload of four spectral activity telescopes, was scrubbed Wednesday when a hydrogen leak 10 times beyond tolerable limits was detected. The leak, found Thursday, is believed to be in one of the shuttle's three fuel recirculation pumps in the rear compartment.

Medical discoveries

The discovery of two genes that cause dangerous thickening of the heart should help doctors spot youngsters who inherit the defect and risk death during strenuous exercise. The research, conducted at Harvard Medical School and published Friday, reveals the precise genetic error that underlies familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of sudden death among young athletes.

*It was reported last week that researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have discovered that a faulty gene causes osteoarthritis, a painful, disabling disease that afflicts at least 16 million Americans; the discovery offers new hope for finding a cure and ways to control the disease, specialists say.

Teacher strikes

As schools opened last week across the nation, the students may have been there, but many of their instructors were not. There were teacher strikes in Yakima, Wash.; in school districts in Michigan and Illinois; in districts outside Seattle and Everett, Wash., and in Troy and Cheboygan, Mich.; North Kingstown, R.I.; and Ligonier, Pa. College professors walked out in contract disputes at Wayne State University in Detroit and Temple University in Philadelphia, and a strike continued at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.

Chiles, Hastings win

Former Sen. Lawton Chiles overcame questions about his mental stability and swept to victory Tuesday over Rep. Bill Nelson for Florida's Democratic nomination for governor. Gov. Bob Martinez easily captured the GOP nomination.

Also in Florida, impeached federal Judge Alcee Hastings won a slot in a Democratic runoff for secretary of state.

Briefly noted

James Todd Hibler, 23, who headed a multimillion-dollar drug ring in Anne Arundel County, was sentenced Tuesday in Annapolis to 15 years in prison without parole and was fined $55,000.

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